Abe takes to fairways to pitch pay rises

Prime minister courts corporate leaders at Japan’s country clubs

Japan condemns apparent Isis execution

Prime minister calls for immediate release of journalist

Japan battles to contain hostage crisis

Stands with west against terrorism while defending ‘non-military’ aid

Japan slashes inflation forecasts

BoJ says target out of reach this year but insists Abenomics works

Big rise in warplane launches by Japan

Chinese and Russian incursions prompt record number of incidents

Isis threatens to kill Japanese hostages

Militant group releases video demanding $200m within 72 hours

What to look out for from the BoJ

Japan’s central bank weighs oil price slump and soft economic data

Japan’s DPJ elects Okada as new leader

Opposition party opts for former deputy PM over new generation

Abe boosts Japan defence spending

Tokyo attempts to revitalise industry with record military budget

Japan approves record Y96tn budget

Spending rises on defence, welfare and debt

Japan tests secular stagnation thesis

This year we will see if wages rise as the labour shortage bites

Japan jostles with rivals for Asean trade

Tokyo seeks deal on direct flights to Cambodia and Laos in effort to boost bilateral business ties

Japan public optimism hits 2-year low

Economic gloom underlines challenges facing Abenomics

Murakami to become ‘agony uncle’

Reclusive Japanese novelist to answer ‘curveball enquiries’

Tokyo market dishes up catch of the year

Raucous tuna auction comes as Tsukiji prepares for move to new site

Wise bet is on happier year for economy

Optimism more likely to prove correct than fashionable pessimism

Japan births fall to record low in 2014

Government faces challenge of ensuring a dwindling pool of workers can support growing pensioner ranks

Japan’s female truckers in for long haul

Ageing population has altered industries long-dominated by men

Tokyo to cut corporate tax rate

Move aimed at encouraging cash-rich companies to raise wages

Japanese cabinet approves Y3.5tn stimulus

Spending targets regions and households left behind by recovery